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Blackfish Tautoga onitis

The blackfish, also known as tautog, (Tautoga onitis) ranges from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. It lives along the coast in rocky areas and may be found near pilings, jetties and wrecks. It is commonly taken at fishing reefs in the Atlantic Ocean just south of Long Island. Tautogs can grow to 3 feet or about 22 pounds, but most fish are between 2 and 8 pounds. Blackfish feed mostly on mussels, clams and crabs and only feed during the day. The greenish coloration in the fins is caused by this fish’s diet, primarily blue mussels. And yes, they are a delicious food fish! We fish for blackfish with crabs anchored over ocean and bay wrecks. Blackfish like to get inside wrecks or between rocks and at night they sleep with their heads down and their tails up.

Fishing Tips:

Blackfish separate the good fishermen from the beginners. They are a tricky fish to catch. A blackfish first grabs a crab with its’ front teeth. You will feel a light tap on your line and if you lift up then you will pull the hook out of his mouth. Next the fish bites down to crack the shell. You feel a tug on the line. Don’t swing now, but wait for the second or third tug when he is chewing and swallowing the crab. Now lift up hard on the rod pulling him out from between the rocks or wreckage. Then keep the rod up until you have reeled in at least 10 feet of line to prevent the tog from getting into the wreckage.

Striped Bass

Striped bass can live up to 30 years, growing up to five feet in length and up to 77 pounds. Their size depends on where they live. The females are sexually mature at four to eight years and males at two to four years. In the spring, striped bass migrate to fresh or brackish water to spawn. As they develop, the fertilized eggs drift downstream and hatch into larvae, which feed on zooplankton. Juveniles typically live in estuaries for two to four years and then head out to sea. Some striped bass spend their entire lives in rivers and coastal estuaries. Mature adults feed on other fish, as well as crabs and squid

Striped bass is so popular on the U.S. Atlantic coast that it’s the state fish in seven states. They live along the coast from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Like salmon, striped bass are anadromous, meaning they live in the ocean but return to freshwater to spawn.

As their name suggests, these bass have seven to eight stripes running down the sides of their bodies. Their colour ranges from light green and olive to brown and black, but with a white or silver iridescent belly. They have stout bodies and can grow as large as 70 pounds. The fish is prized for its delicate sweet flavour.

COMMON NAMES
Bass
Rockfish
Striper
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